Last night during a twittersation, which I seem to be having lots of these days, a friend and I were discussing a topic and reached a point where we disagreed about the source of our information.
Our disagreement reminded me of a couple of other conversations that I have had recently…
*** A friend posted that he needs to write more so he decided that he should read more. I asked why he didn’t just write more but he said that some of his writer role models read more to improve their writing skills so he believes the same method would work for him. For me, when I feel the need to write more, I find some inspiration and write. It doesn’t always get published but allows my creative juices to flow.
*** Another friend and I were discussing my writing style and I jokingly told him that I considered myself a modern-day philosopher, after all I studied Philosophy in College and who really knows the qualifications to be philosopher anyway? You think up some stuff, write it down and people either believe it or try to dispute it. (of course, it is a little more complex but you get my drift)
One of the things that you probably don’t know about me is that I don’t like to read. When I was younger, I loved to read but once I started writing more, it seemed that I began to read less. I like to have thoughts and formulate opinions based on interactions that I have virtually and in person. I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong about a thought and love to engage with people to see different sides of issues. On some level, I don’t like to read a lot because I don’t want to be like the guy in “Good Will Hunting” that Matt Damon calls out because he keeps citing his “opinions” which are really based on books that he has read. I am sure at this point in our society, there is very little original thought but I don’t want to be one of those people who just regurgitates some one else’s ideas.
I also don’t rely heavily on statistics and studies because I realized in college that numbers can be construed to mean whatever you want them to mean. If you are savvy, you can use the same numbers to prove and disprove the same theory… much of it is relative. You can even study an issue for years and still be no closer to a solution than the person who walks in a room and actually speaks with people suffering from the issue and formulates their own opinion about how to solve the problem.
You can write white papers citing stats about this or than and still not be able to effect any change in a community or organization because nobody really gives a d*** about all that. Most of the people I know aren’t polled or studied in any of these dissertations yet, in my opinion, we represent the average Americans that most public policies effect. Much of what makes sense in theory does not work in actuality because theory often does not take emotion into account. It’s like the corporate executives reading spreadsheets and creating policies that the workers scratch their heads wondering what they must be thinking thus the popularity of “Undercover Boss.” Many CEO’s are going back to front lines to figure out what works and what doesn’t rather than paying for more studies.
When I write and speak, it is from my heart, it is from my experience, it is from the experiences of the people I know. It may not be scientific but it’s real. I don’t pretend to represent the views of everyone but I believe my network continues to grow and people interact with me because they resonate with my message. The academics of the universe can probably poke a million holes in this post but guess what… I don’t care, this is MY blog and these are MY opinions. I encourage healthy debate because I hope it will teach me something. I like to think and to write and if it helps one person then I am happy 🙂